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Areas in Kona & West Island

North Kailua-Kona

North of Kailua-Kona and outside of the four major resorts you'll find many more beaches of all varieties to choose...

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Captain Cook

Captain Cook is the name of a town and the greater area south of Kailua-Kona. It's an area with lots...

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Mauna Kea Resort

Mauna Kea Resort is where you'll find Mauna Kea Beach, a wide sandy beach that is considered one of the...

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Puako is the area where you'll find Hapuna Beach which most Big Island visitors have heard about. It might be...

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Mauna Lani Resort

Mauna Lani Resort has a couple large hotels and five diverse beaches to choose from. On the property you'll find...

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Hualalai Resort

Hualalai Resort gets its name from the dormant volcano that rises above the resort and the nearby city of Kailua-Kona....

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Miloli'i bills itself as the "last fishing village in Hawaii" and they might be right. It has the feel of...

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About Kona & West Island

The districts of north and south Kona are on the western side of the Big Island. This is the leeward side which get much less rain than the more tropical eastern/windward side. Kailua-Kona is the largest city on the western side of the island and it has all the services that visitors might want or need. The western side is where you'll find most of the tourists and the best-known beaches on the Big Island. It's also where the resorts of Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani, and Waikoloa are located. The world-renowned beaches of Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea Beach are in this area as are many "talked-about" beaches like Beach 69, A-Bay, Makalawena, and the Two Step snorkeling spot. Kona is also full of historical sites including three national historic parks and the monument for Captain Cook.  With ample sun, excellent sandy beaches, and rich Hawaiian history, it is no wonder why most visitors to the Big Island choose to stay in the Kona area.